Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be an unwelcome side effect of chemotherapy. Drinking plenty of fluids and keeping your electrolytes up will help fight dehydration from continuous diarrhea. Remember that if diarrhea continues longer than 24 hours or if you have severe pain and cramping to always call your physician.

  • Try a clear liquid diet: clear liquids keep the bowels from working too hard and prevent irritation
  • Eat small, frequent meals: smaller amounts can be easier to digest
  • Eat food high in pectin (applesauce, bananas, yogurt): Pectin is a water-soluble fiber that helps reduce diarrhea
  • Eat foods high in sodium: Salt helps to retain some fluid to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic, or carbonated beverages or very hot or cold foods. They can irritate the digestive tract
  • Avoid tobacco products: irritate the digestive tract
  • Avoid high-fat, fried, greasy and rich food: promote diarrhea
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